2021 BMW 4-Series vs. Its Competition

2021 BMW 4-Series
Brian Wong Brian Wong West Coast Editor

The improved 4-Series makes a strong case for itself, even up against a stacked field of rivals.

The Mercedes C-Class is also offered as a coupe with an interior that perhaps surpasses the BMW on quality.

The Audi A5 offers strong technology and its styling will be easier to live with.

The Tesla Model 3’s instant torque delivery can also make it similarly fun to drive.

A newer challenger, the Genesis G70, might be the most fun to drive among this bunch with superb steering and a great value proposition.

The aging Lexus RC doesn’t come with the same level of cockpit technology but offers low-slung, sporty styling.

2021 BMW 4-Series2021 BMW 4-Series
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2021 Audi A5 Sportback2021 Audi A5
#6 in Coupes
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2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (AMG C63 S)2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class
#3 in Coupes
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6.8
The redesigned 2021 BMW 4-Series has evolved into a technology powerhouse with wonderfully responsive powertrains, but the coupe lacks playfulness.
7.0
Spin the bottle, hit the 2021 Audi A5 convertible, coupe, or hatchback, and you’re a winner. They’re all good-looking.
7.2
Svelte, sporty, and somewhat understated, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class should be at the top of your compact luxury sedan shopping list.
7.5
The 2021 Tesla Model 3 remains unrivaled, as an impressive automotive amalgam of sport sedan, efficiency leader, and technology icon.
6.8
The 2021 Genesis G70 has the footwork of a contender; it’s a jab or two from landing a knockout punch on its German rivals.
MSRP From    
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Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 35 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
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Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4ElectricIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsMidsize CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
430i CoupePremium 40 TFSI quattroC 300 SedanStandard Range Plus RWD2.0T RWD
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Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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45555
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Coupequattro SportbackSedanSedanSedan
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Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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